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Qual: Heikki rules Jerez

Newly-crowned champion Heikki Kovalainen has grabbed pole position for both World Series by Nissan races at Jerez tomorrow (Sunday). The Pons Racing driver led Tiago Monteiro (Carlin Motorsport) in both qualifying sessions at the last-ever meeting of the World Series. The championship becomes the World Series by Renault next year.

With team boss Sito Pons making a rare appearance at a race meeting, Kovalainen is particularly keen to end the year on a high note after earning the title at a rather poor weekend in Valencia last month. The Finn has tested Formula 1 Renaults at the Andalucian track recently, so yesterday's wet practice didn't hinder him too much.

Monteiro, on the other hand, has never been to Jerez and did well considering he had no dry running before qualifying today. It didn't change the familiar 2004 scenario: Monteiro and Kovalainen were in a class of their own again.

There were a few other noteworthy showings today. Milos Pavlovic brought some smiles to Vergani at last as he will line up fourth for race two. The Yugoslav only graduated from the secondary World Series Lights category at the last round and did a great job despite spinning out at the end of the session.

Karun Chandhok will also be pleased wiith eighth and fifth for RC Motorsport. The Indian is also in his second World Series meeting after moving up from British Formula 3. He couldn't quite beat his team-mate and countryman Narain Karthikeyan though. Karthikeyan starts the two races from seventh and third.

Grid for Race 1:

1 Heikki Kovalainen (Pons Racing) 1m33.317s
2 Tiago Monteiro (Carlin Motorsport) +0.074s
3 Jean-Cristophe Ravier (Epsilon Euskadi) +0.145s
4 Adrian Valles (Pons Racinig) +0.274s
5 Olivier Pla (Carlin Motorsport) +0.496s
6 Tristan Gommendy (Saulnier Racing) +0.496s

Grid for Race 2:

1 Heikki Kovalainen (Pons Racing) 1m33.317s
2 Tiago Monteiro (Carlin Motorsport) +0.074s
3 Narain Karthikeyan (RC Motorsport) +0.740s
4 Milos Pavlovic (Vergani Formula) +0.861s
5 Karun Chandhok (RC Motorsport) +1.010s
6 Jean-Cristophe Ravier (Epsilon Euskadi) +0.145s

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